State number 27 was… Alaska! We visited Ketchikan in August, where I have family I had never met. My mom’s father, step-mom, and three brothers and their families all live there. This was a big, once in a lifetime trip to meet family I had never known. Right off the plane, Matt and I took the ferry to the main side of the island and … Continue reading 27. Alaska
Ohio was state number 10, but we always wanted to get back and visit my college town, Athens, together. I’m happy to say we made it back, if only for 24 hours on our way to Kentucky! It was great showing Matt around OU — eating and drinking our way down Court Street. We visited with my sorority sister, Lindsay, and my awesome old bosses … Continue reading 10. Ohio, revisited (This time… Athens!!)
Bourbon — betting — and beer!! State number 22, Kentucky — and my college roommate, Carolyn! — showed us a great time. We came just in time for the Keeneland Spring Meet, and made a stop at the Woodford Reserve bourbon distillery. Woodford Reserve was beautiful. The whole drive in from the highway was full of rolling, green hills, winding fences, and gorgeous horse farms. … Continue reading 22. Kentucky
You can get a lower price on just about anything with a bit of research and patience. Without a doubt, this goes for hotel rooms, too! We save a lot of money on our quest to see the country by using Priceline’s Express Deals. Express Deals give you a pretty sizeable discount on hotel rooms — but you don’t know for sure what hotel you … Continue reading Travel Tip: How we save 20% or more on hotel rooms
I ALMOST forgot about our very fast and very WET trip to Louisiana! We visited New Orleans in August, adding the leg onto our last Minnesota visit for about $40 extra per ticket. We had a sweet Air BnB, lots of recommendations, and were excited to drink our way down Bourbon Street! That was… until the torrential rains started the second we landed. Very long … Continue reading 19. Louisiana
This state number is a *tad* out of order. We visited North Dakota during a blustery summer day, while on vacation with Matt’s parents! When it’s too cold to go in the lake: take a little day trip instead! We walked by the famous Art Deco-style Fargo Theater, popped into some antique stores, and had lunch at an awesome wood-fire pizza place called Blackbird. … Continue reading 18. North Dakota
“Before I could so much as move into the middle seat, a small, quiet Cuban guy, who later introduced himself as “Roberto”, was sliding into the car next to me.” Continue reading COUNTRY No.1: CUBA!